As the search for effective alternative-powered vehicles continue, we head on now today to the United Kingdom to check out a hydrogen-powered locomotive. The said locomotive was designed by some engineering students and staff from the University of Birmingham, a hybrid vehicle that makes use of hydrogen fuel cells and lead acid batteries to make it work.
The hydrogen fuel cells carry over 5,000 liters of hydrogen which are all stored in a solid state metal hydrite tank. This capacity allows the locomotive to haul a 400 kg load for about 2.7 km. If the haul is not enough, two additional tanks can be added to go further.
The prototype was tested at the Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire as part of a competition led by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering. Team leader, Stephen Kent said: “We are really pleased with the locomotive, particularly as it managed to haul 4000 kg, well over 6 times the specified load.”
Aside from that, the locomotive also features regenerative braking, an adjustable air suspension and a highly advanced touch screen remote control that can operate through WiFi.